Darren McFadden Q&A


Darren McFadden’s conference call with local media:

Q: Were you pretty sure this would be the team for you?

McFadden: For me, I really didn’t know what to expect. I heard a lot of talk about New York, I heard a lot of talk about Oakland too. For me, I was sitting back and I was going to be happy with my name being called.

Q: Lane Kiffin said he called you this morning, what was that conversation like?

McFadden: It’s just a great feeling, he told me if I’m there at No. 4 pick, we was going to call my name. And right before he got off the phone he said he hoped to be talking to me again soon. It was something I was very proud of. I’m very happy, to be able to go to Oakland.

Q: What do you know about Lane Kiffin’s offense and how it might be a fit for you?

McFadden: I like the way he uses his running backs. When he was at USC he moved his running backs around a lot. I just love the way he does that, I feel it’s something I can bring to Oakland, being a versatile player, that I can move around and give them a different style.

Q: He’s compared you to Reggie Bush and that he can use you in similar ways. Is that what you see?

McFadden: I feel like he can use me some of the same ways they use Reggie Bush. Those are real good things and I’m very versatile.

Q: Your thoughts on coming to a place with a lot of running backs?

McFadden: Me, I want to come in and just learn the offense. I’m going to sit back and let those veterans teach me. And when the coaches call upon on me to go out there and play I’m going to go out there and give it my all.

Q: Surprised the Raiders drafted you because they had so many RBs?

McFadden: Yeah, it surprised me, but I feel like after talking with the coaching staff, that they were missing the big-play ability and that was something I could help with.

Q: What did you assure the Raiders that any off-the-field issues, character issues, were not going to be a problem?

McFadden: You know, they did a lot of research on me. They talked to everyone, and asked questions about the type of guy Darren McFadden is. And the people they talked to, evenyone than knows me, told them Darren McFadden’s a great guy. That off the field I made mistakes and it was nothing they had to be concerned with.

Q: Your thoughts on Raider nation, the Black Hole, the history of the organization, an important thing for you to carry on a tradition?

McFadden: It’s going to be very important for me to carry on a tradition. You never want to ruin a tradition, you always want to carry it on. I love the Raider Nation, they’re very passionate about the Raiders so I’m looking forward to getting out and playing for them.

Q: When you were reading pre-draft analysis that question your character, what are some things people weren’t saying that you think they should know?

McFadden: The things they don’t say about Darren McFadden is the things I’ve done around the community. I’ve been doing community events since I was in high school, going to help out, Special Olympics in high school, being able to do things like that. Then two Christmas breaks ago, we were on Christmas break, there was a plane crash at the airport in Arkansas and I went and visited the kids at the airport, I mean in the hospital. Those are a lot of things people don’t talk about.

Q: Looking forward to getting away from home, moving out here?

McFadden: I feel like it’s gonna be a good thing for me, being able to be away
from home. It’s something I’m looking very forward to.

Q: Given thought to playing with JaMarcus?

McFadden: I know it’s gonna be great to be in the huddle with him. I played against him a couple times in college. I’d much rather be on the same side of the ball he’s on.

Q: Are your blocking skills underrated?

McFadden: A lot of people don’t look at those things. Going through the draft, people competing so much, they overlook the good things that you do. And that’s something Coach Rathman pointed out that he really enjoyed, my passion for the game. And possibly he can take me to the next level. With him coaching me, he’ll be able to take me to the next level.”

Q: Anyone gonna move out here with you? How many infant car seats do you own?

McFadden: I’m planning on having my sister move out with me, where she can help me out around the house. Maybe make me feel at home while I’m away.

Q: You mean, like, do women’s work?

McFadden: (Laughs) She’s a great help around the house, you know? She’s always keeping me positive. So she can help out, watch over me a little bit for me, it’ll help me out in a lot of ways.

Q: How have the last 24 hours been for you?

McFadden: It’s been a whirlwind. You don’t know where you’re gonna go, sitting back and just waiting, and then you finally hear your name called. And when you finally get the phone call to where you’re gonna go, you be so happy.

Q: What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

McFadden: Growing up I was a Broncos fan because I liked watching Terrell Davis and John Elway play, Ed McCaffrey, Shannon Sharpe, I loved to watch those guys play.”

Q: You mention that to Al Davis?

McFadden: No, sir, not at all.

Q: Did you know before Goodell took the podium with Raiders’ pick?

McFadden: I had already known, because they had called me a couple minutes before. They gave my agent a call and gave me a call, so we already knew before they announced it.

Q: You concerned about fumbles?

McFadden: No, it’s not a concern at all, cause I talked to Coach Rathman. We both sat there and watched game film together on me. He was showing some of the things I was doing. He was telling one of the main things, I was not locking my elbow down. And that’s something that’s easily corrected, so it won’t be a problem with fumbling at all.

Q: How are your skills as a receiver.

McFadden: That shows my versatility. I have great hands coming out of the backfield. It’s something we didn’t do much in college at all. We never really threw to the running back the ball. It’s something that I feel very confident doing.

Q: Maybe they’ll let you throw it, too?

McFadden: Heh. I don’t know if they’ll want me to do that. But if they try to put in a play for me to throw it, I’d love to do it.”

Q: How do you compete about the comparisons to Reggie Bush?

McFadden: For them to compare me to Reggie Bush, I feel like he’s a very shifty guy. I like to get downhill and get running.

Q: How ready are you to step in right away? What do you need to work on?

McFadden: I feel like I’m a very skilled guy. You know, I feel like I’m ready to step in there. I’m not the type of guy that’s gonna be happy to be in the NFL, and when I get there I want to be doing great things, I don’t want to just be out there. I want to play great and make big plays.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • ohioraider

    i bet sweed goes to the bucs here…they need a reciever

  • RaiderNation951

    even with a 6 on the lick, you can use him for a fade or post.

  • Tommy Trojan

    let’s hope we can get him, he’s still top 10 on my board, he’s the best WR prospect in the draft this year

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    No! Groves Gone!

  • Thec

    Buc close to closing deal with jason taylor. Glad he did not go to the dischargers.

  • Tommy Trojan

    good pick for jaguars

  • K-Rock

    “Knock his Dck in his watch-pocket!!”- My HS Coach

  • RaiderNation951

    JLH isn’t a WR. That was obvious last year. huge disapointment. Mike Williams had more catches, but the were all called back because gallery couldn’t keep from getting caught holding.

    DAMN IT! There goes groves too! I hate JVille.

  • moss hater #1

    omg you guys who keep whinin bout the dmac pic are f’n irritatin. if u dnt like it that much n are so intrigued wit d lineman y dnt u jus jump ship and root 4 the chiefs and dorsey or esle shut the fk up bcus hes our pic except it. sheeesh.)>:

  • ohioraider

    those WRs have 9 major surgeries, dan connor would be worth trading up

  • La Milicia Negra

    sweed is too insecure with the ball

  • Tommy Trojan

    pit or ten will take sweed, but both could also use CBs

  • R.A.W.

    I bet sweed will go to either pittsburg or the titans.

  • RaiderNation951

    Big ben will get his WR.

  • raiders2

    Dakota-Curry, Carter, JLH, and Walker is a pretty weak recieving corps, it could use a Limas Sweed.

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    Now Now Dakota…easy on TrueRaider

    WTF True Raider have you been in a comma Harris (LT) and Wade (C) !!

    LOL…just playin…I TRUST IN CABLE…PERIOD.

    Thats my case and Im sticking to it.

  • Dakota


    JLH is a WR. WRs take time to develop, don’t give up on him yet…the Raiders certainly have not.

  • ohioraider

    i dont like the mcfadden pick but hopefully it works out, its good his sisters coming if might keep him out of jail. you just gotta wonder what we are gonna do with 5 decent running backs on our roster

  • La Milicia Negra

    I guess Jax has their pass-rushers now =)

  • R.A.W.

    man, this is one insane second round, these teams did some horrible scouting and value here

  • RaiderNation951

    Ten has to be going crazy. They never would have believed that a top WR would fall in their laps this far down in the 2nd.

  • ohioraider

    there goes sweed

  • Tommy Trojan

    there goes sweed

  • Dakota

    Brohm or Henne pick coming up?? Baltimore???

  • Pirate Arrrrrrgggggghhhhh

    so I wonder if Jerry’s blog will become the hate McFadden blog. He thought he was so smart saying over and over that we’d take Gholston, so certain we wouldn’t take McFadden when it was so blatantly obvious that we would. I’m sure he’s bitter about it all and will make it his mission to trash McFadden for the next five years. I fear it will grow tiring and be the death of this blog, at least for me.

    At least there’s Jason Jones’ blog. He seems to have a much better understanding and insights on the Raiders. While Jerry was insisting we were going to pick Gholston, Jason Jones said:

    * The latest I’ve heard: Darren McFadden is (or should be) the pick for the Raiders.

    * As I stated yesterday, my talks with folks lead me to believe McFadden will be the pick.

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    Dont give up on JLH yet fellas…after all he wasnt given the opporunities with the Tim Dwight signing..even admitted by Lane that that was foolish.

    He has football speed not track speed. Now he has Lofton..mulligan on year one if you ask me.

  • ohioraider

    its sad to say but the chiefs have probably had one of the better drafts of the day

  • K-Rock

    Sweed to Steelers. 🙁

  • La Milicia Negra

    Lima sweed is what Pittsburgh lost in Plaxico

  • RaiderNation951

    tired of fast guys with no hands or route running ability. you would have thought the james jett / willy gault drama would have fixed that……huhhhhh, now sweed is gone and all hope of a good WR making it to Oaktown……damn.

  • Tommy Trojan

    dakota, they aready took flacco #18

  • ohioraider

    manninghams still there are supposedly he had a good visit with the raiders

  • Thec

    j-mac should have put the c-pipe down with his talk about us taking th ghost.

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    Two comments from Q & A I didnt like:

    One: DMAC loved the Broncos growing up (grrrrr)

    Two: He needs his sister to keep him in check..I hope its just family comfort and not necessary supervision.

    I really hope we keep an eye on him because his talent is undeniable. Excited about Cable and Rathman working with him to even further increase his potential.

  • Dakota


    lol….doh! I am a dumbazz.

  • Pirate Arrrrrrgggggghhhhh

    # Blackholepriest Says:
    April 26th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Guy’s I just dn’t believe we will trade Fabian, I could be wrng but cover guy’s are very hard to find. And we have 4 good ones, why give one away let someone come and get him and you know what I mean.

    quoting this for truth. unfortunate only about 1% of the people can see this.

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    What about LBs TT?

  • RaiderNation951

    Dakota, they already got a qb. Higgins has “potential” but there is only so much you can coach out of someone. There is a reason they got Dwight, Carter, Williams. He just isnt that good. I would love to eat crow on this comment. please JLH, prove me wrong……until then, GET BETTER!

  • Thec

    This blog is way more interesting than watching the draft. we have zero picks right now. Hey are they only doing 2 rounds today?

  • TrueRaider

    Dakota no I wan’t, I know about those moves it is just that Wade and Harris aren’t that special players you would depend on them to protect Jamarcus. Harris was considered a bust and Wade is a backup now in his career not a solid center like Faine who we should have went for. I mean Harris always played RT and now he is our starting LT??? Comeon guys this should be a big concern

  • Tommy Trojan

    lots of good DL about to hit the fan

  • Tommy Trojan

    yeah, just the 1st and 2nd today

  • R.A.W.

    Mario Manningham (or however you spell his name) is still out there, think we should get him?

  • RaiderNation951

    WOW they left the WR on the board…….Vince Young must be going CRAZY!

  • Tommy Trojan

    there’s some great LB options in the 4th and 6th, we can wit for that; and there are some good OTs still

  • M.I.A. Raiders

    TrueRaider….Trust in Cable…Trust me on this 😉

  • M.I.A. Raiders


    He is on our Radar possibly in the 4th and wouldnt be surprised if he fell that far…he has been rumored to drop to the second day.

  • Bernard Berrian is a comparable player to JLH, former 3rd rounders, supposedly skilled in the return game and known for their speed, I think Berrian caught 28 passes during his first 2 seasons before he started to break out.

  • Dakota

    TrueRaider…trust in Tom Cable. Our o-line was much better last year, and we have replaced our two biggest concerns, Simms and Groves…so things will probably get better. Another year in the system for Gallery, Cooper and Green/McQuistan, so they should be much better too. Relax.

  • Thec

    I am glad the discghargers dont have a lot of picks. hope we rack up 500 yards on the ground against them. j williams knees are shot.

    I think our staff has a pretty good idea about the guys they brought in. I feel comfortable knowing we made some moves before the draft.